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Opting out of Alliant's roll out

On Dec. 5 the Iowa Utilities Board will decide whether Iowans can opt out of Alliant Energy’s installation of controversial smart meters and keep their harmless, efficient analog meters. I want the IUB to require Alliant to give consumers the option of keeping analog meters.

Hundreds of cities across the U.S. and several countries around the world have voted to give citizens the ability to “opt out” of replacement of analog meters with smart meters.

Thanks to a dedicated group of Fairfield citizens, I have been educated about the health dangers and privacy issues surrounding smart meters. Now that I have a full understanding of the long-term potential carcinogenic effects of smart meters, I believe mandating all Alliant customers install these meters is a violation of my basic human right to take measures to protect myself against factors I consider a health threat. Unlike cellphones, where I can choose how to manage my degree of exposure, smart meters send radio frequency signals thru my home 24/7 and cannot be turned off.

The IUB said it wants to hear from consumers. We still can weigh in on their decision. Before the hearing, please call and set up a complaint with IUB. I also called Alliant to opt out, requesting an analog meter.

Judith Hans-Price

Fairfield

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